The Great Getaway Bag

2017_01_badge1Last night over on Sugar Lane Designs it was Friday Night Sew In, a virtual sewing party. As I’m Billy-n0-mates this weekend I can sew to my hearts content and I finished my first make of 2017, it also nicely links in with The Monthly Stitch challenge this month; to make something from fabric you’ve only just got, rather than putting it in your stash!


dsc_0343In my Stitching Santa parcel this year I received a length of Ikea home fabric, it’s a lovely heavy weight print and I immediately thought of a bag pattern in Lisa Lam’s Bag-Making Bible. It’s a roomy holdall, with a large pocket at the front. I decided to really go with the colours and I ordered a pink chunky zip and a set of blue leather handles. I was planning to use the green bias binding for piping round the edge but in the end caution got the better of me, I felt adding piping would be two extra layers of fabric too far!

The Great Getaway Bag

Good bag patterns always seem to take forever to cut out, there are so many pieces, linings, interlinings, interfacings…I counted up at the end and there are over 50 pieces to make this bag!!!!! All the outer fabric pieces were interfaced with a heavy weight vilene. I used a cute rabbit print to line it, it’s from my stash as it was left over from backing a quilt, it’s slightly heavier than quilting cotton. The lining pieces were all interlined with batting, the instructions called for iron-on fleece but here in the UK it’s pretty expensive so I’ve started using batting and spray adhesive! The little white  rabbits on the pocket flap turn the right way up once it’s open, I’d like to say it was planned but it was actually a fortuitous mistake 🙂

The Great Getaway Bag

The bag went together fairly easily, though there were a couple of hiccups! I was undecided at the beginning whether to have a long strap as well as the leather ones, my experience of  carrying a heavy bag like that is that it leads to a very stiff neck! When I realised I had bought the necessary rectangular rings for the strap I decided to make one anyway. First step was to make the handle loops and attach them to  the zip sides. Everything looked great until I stitched the  whole bag together, both loops are at the same end!!

The Great Getaway Bag

If I make the bag again I would also stitch little bits on straight away. One of the first things made is the zip pulls, they are less than 1″ square once finished, they could have been stitched straight onto the zip bottom panels but this wasn’t done until much later in the proceedings, by which time one had disappeared completely!!

Making this bag taught me some new techniques and methods of making bags. The base has a bag liner, a stiff sheet of plastic which is slotted into a double layer of fabric at the base. The lining was also stitched to the outershell at the main seams inside, so the base and the top and sides are all attached at the seams, this helps  the bag lining to hold it’s shape.

The Great Getaway Bag

I used a walking foot throughout, but even so my trusty sewing machine struggled sometimes with the sheer thickness and number of layers, at times I could barely get the wadge under the foot!

It’s a great bag, roomy, but not too big. I love the blue handles and the pink chunky zip! I think it will be ideal for taking my stuff to Embroiderers Guild…and perfect for stash building trips such as  next months Yorkshire Spoolettes meet up in Dewsbury 🙂

The Great Getaway Bag

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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15 Responses to The Great Getaway Bag

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  2. Catherine says:

    What a great bag! You’ve chosen such wonderful complimentary fabrics and finishing touches. I’m sure it will get a lot of use!

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  3. Natalie says:

    This is a gorgeous bag! I’m in love with both of the fabrics you have chosen 🙂

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  4. curlyquilts says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. I love the colors your chose and that rabbit fabric on the inside is adorable.

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  5. Yvonne says:

    As usual you have a masterpiece, the bag you made me is still perfect, it was quite a while ago you made it, and I enioy using it, but you will enjoy using your new bag, its gorgeouse

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  6. KerryCan says:

    That’s really wonderful! I so wish I had sewing skills and could tackle a project like this. You did a terrific job and I love all the colors!

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  7. I think I will have to put this project in my to-do-list! Beautiful work! Lovely fabric choice.


  8. Thimberlina says:

    Wow! You’ve really done that fabric proud! It’s amazing! And Ive got to say that I think you must be the most patient sewer that I know, all those pieces!! 🙂

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  9. sewchet says:

    Yes, it certainly is great and I love that you’ve gone with the fabric and chosen a bright zip and handles! 50 pieces though – wow!

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  10. Karen Moore says:

    A very professional finish.


  11. wendy says:

    it looks fantastic! I bought a bolt of fusible fleece from Create and Craft (I’m not a member), got a really good price on it. Worth a try…


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